James Wickersham (1857-1939) was a District Court Judge in the Territory of Alaska and three-time non-voting representative from the Territory to Congress. He was a statesman, an author, a mountain climber, an historian and a scholar, at home on the bench, behind a dog sled team or in the halls of Congress. He was also the first jurist to recognize the rights of Alaska’s Native peoples. For more information on one of Alaska’s most important historical figures, see the State of Alaska website or read Evangeline Atwood’s Frontier Politics.
He was also honest and incorruptible, in contrast to the judges that preceded him and far too many politicians in Alaska today. Since 2008, this blog has tried to carry Judge Wickersham’s conscience and inquiring spirit into 21st Century Alaska.
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